After the bicycle and the skateboard here comes the surfboard in cardboard. We already saw different alternative and more ecological materials such as wood or cork to manufacture a surfboard. The cardboard is a really new material in the surf industry; this idea is coming from Netherlands with the concept of building your own surfboard through a kit that you could order online. You just have to choose your favorite model, and after you receive it you only have to assemble everything like Ikea furniture. This really new concept is really innovative and environmentally friendly.
The objective of Mike Sheldrake the Founder of the company Westkust is to provide everyone the opportunity to create his own board and help them through the building process. This Dutch company also offer different fins to download and then print as long as you have a 3D printer. Westkust are offering 9 different boards, you can either purchase it online and you just have to assemble it or download the file and cut it by your own. This make the business model of this company really complex as they sell their products but they also give it for free. If you are willing to build it on your own you will need a cutting laser and then you will need some basic knowledge to be able to glass the board. According to their really innovative founder of this concept and brand, if the board is properly build you will be able to surf it and enjoy this really new experience. At least the board should last as long as a classic board life and every surfer you will cross will be really surprised about the originality of the board you ride.
Currently no videos are available to analyse the different boards on the water but they should launch some footage soon. So far nobody really know if it’s possible to surf with these boards but it’s a really great idea which is worth for your wallet but also for the environment.